Coronavirus: What You Should Know
Concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak in Australia are picking up pace. Here is the latest update as of today (13th March) on what preventative measures are required to stay safe, who is at risk and where you can go to stay informed.
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses can make humans and animals sick. Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases.
What precautions can be taken to avoid contracting the virus?
As with most viruses, practising good hygiene is the best.
· wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
· cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
· If unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).
What risk do you have of contracting the virus?
In Australia, those most at risk of getting the coronavirus are those who have recently returned from a high risk region and people who have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus.
If you have returned from a region that is high risk you cannot attend work if you work in a setting with vulnerable people.
Countries considered high risk as at 13th March 2020;
· Mainland China
· Republic of Korea
If you have recently returned from a moderate risk region, you must monitor your health for 14 days after leaving that country. If you develop a fever or cough, seek medical advice urgently and isolate yourself.
Countries considered moderate risk as at 13th March 2020;
· Hong Kong
Those considered to be vulnerable and most at risk of serious infection should they contract the virus are;
· people with compromised immune systems (e.g. cancer)
· elderly people
· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as they have higher rates of chronic illness
· people with diagnosed chronic medical conditions
· very young children and babies
· people in group residential settings
· people in detention facilities
Can the virus be treated?
While there is currently no specific treatment for coronaviruses, most of the symptoms can be treated with supportive medical care.
What are we doing?
· Monitoring all advice and continuing to take measures to keep our staff and the people we support as safe as possible.
· Providing updates to staff on any processes as well as useful information to pass on to the people we support
· Ensuring thorough hygiene practises are followed within our work place
· Monitoring support sessions and avoiding places of risk
For updates and more detailed information on coronavirus, you can visit the department of health website using the link below;
The Growing Space have created an easy-read information sheet on the coronavirus;
For more detailed information, check out the department of health resources page;
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